Tuesday, November 4th, 2008.
For the rest of our lives, we will always remember this moment. When our grandchildren are studying out of their history books, we will be able to tell them where we were when America broke the greatest glass ceiling of all, when America elected President Barack Obama.
That fateful night, I just couldn't help but cry from tears of joy and relief. For the first time, politics looked hopeful instead of cynical. For the first time, in a long while, America no longer was fearful but hopeful. For the first time, I believed that I could do anything possible. Anything at all. Barack Obama brought together a nation of the silent, and brought together the REAL AMERICA. An America of all different shapes, sizes, colors, genders, religions, and backgrounds.
Not only is Barack Obama a visionary leader, but he and his family are people we should all look up to. The way they have handled moments of heat in the campaign, the way Barack and Michelle have steadily been involved with their daughters' lives, and the unyielding faith and love they have shown each other is what a real family looks like. Smart and educated, I can't imagine what young women those two will raise.
The one thing I did not like about this election is the hate that was bred from opposing viewpoints. I can't understand why anyone would wish harm and hate upon another human being, especially one as giving, selfless and as inspiring as Barack and Michelle. Against all odds they have turned out to be smart amazing people. I can finally look at our president and say, "Wow, I look up to him." I can look at our first lady and say, "Wow, what a smart and passionate woman." I can finally say, anything is possible. I can finally say that I live in a country where truly, we can overcome anything.
"And to all those who have wondered if America’s beacon still burns as bright – tonight we proved once more that the true strength of our nation comes not from our the might of our arms or the scale of our wealth, but from the enduring power of our ideals: democracy, liberty, opportunity, and unyielding hope.
For that is the true genius of America – that America can change. Our union can be perfected. And what we have already achieved gives us hope for what we can and must achieve tomorrow." - President-Elect Barack Obama!